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Garden open day raises thousands for St Wilfrid’s

Hilary Gilson in her garden at the Old House, Prinsted which is being opened in aid of St Wilfrids.Picture by Kate Shemilt.

Hilary Gilson in her garden at the Old House, Prinsted which is being opened in aid of St Wilfrids.Picture by Kate Shemilt.

PERFECT weather greeted the tenth opening of the garden at The Old House, Prinsted in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

More than 500 visitors came to wander round the garden, buy plants and relax over a cream tea on Sunday, May 18.

The result was a record-breaking £4,664 raised for 
the hospice.

“I had hoped we would reach the magic £4,000, but this has exceeded my wildest dreams,” said Hilary Gilson, owner of the garden and chairman of Southbourne Support Group for the Hospice,

“Unfortunately I was ill on the day and confined to bed, but the team carried on without me and put on a terrific show.

“I am so grateful to them all for the hard work they have put in to help make the event a success.

“And I would also like to thank the villagers of Prinsted for involving themselves and supporting the event. It is a great community”.

However, after ten successful years, Hilary has decided this would be the last opening to the general public.

“It is becoming more difficult each year to keep up the standard, and I don’t believe we could ever top this year’s result, so it seems a good moment to stop,” she said.

However, she will be happy to take small groups around the garden by appointment.

Hilary has been working on the garden since she moved to the 14th-century house 20 years ago, in 1994.

 

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